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5/15/2017 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Finance to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to hear a variety of legislation
STATE HOUSE – The House Committee on Finance will be meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday this week to hear testimony on a variety of legislation.

On Tuesday, May 16 at the RISE of the House in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will hear testimony on the following pieces of legislation:

·         2017-H 5025, sponsored by Rep. John J. Lombardi (D-Dist. 8, Providence), creates an economic hardship relief fund from penalties imposed on contractors for past due road or bridge projects to be paid to business owners who can show a decline in revenue as a result of the past due completion of a road or bridge project.

·         2017-H 5076, sponsored by Rep. Robert B. Lancia (R-Dist. 16, Cranston), eliminates all user fees for access to any state beach.

·         2017-H 5244, sponsored by Rep. Robert J. Quattrocchi (R-Dist. 41, Scituate, Cranston), prohibits the General Assembly and any governmental or quasi-governmental entity created by it, from issuing moral obligation bonds not secured by the full faith and credit of the state or revenues.

·         2017-H 5493, sponsored by Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket), establishes the Office of Inspector General as an independent administrative agency charged with the purpose of preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse, and mismanagement in the expenditure of public funds.

·         2017-H 5799, sponsored by House Minority Leader Patricia L. Morgan (R-Dist. 26, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick), prohibits any state economic assistance from the Commerce Corporation to a business entity for a move within the state.

On Wednesday, May 17 at the RISE of the House in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will hear testimony on the following pieces of legislation:

·         2017-H 5123, sponsored by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), establishes a revolving fund to provide loans and grants to support the installation of solar energy panels.

·         2017-H 5174, sponsored by Rep. Cale P. Keable (D-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glocester), provides that the preservation of freshwater lakes, streams, and ponds would be carried out by the fish and wildlife division of DEM.

·         2017-H 5197, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Dist. 4, Providence), requires environmental impacts be considered in energy plant siting proceedings.

·         2017-H 5427, sponsored by Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence), expands the "Green Buildings Act" to include public projects and updates the standards to include LEED for Neighborhood Development, and SITES.

·         2017-H 5897, sponsored by Representative Keable, prevents the energy facility siting board from proceeding to final hearing or issuing a final decision if one or more of the designated agencies inform the siting board that they are unable to form an advisory opinion due the conduct of the applicant.

·         2017-H 5977, sponsored by Representative Keable, further delineates the ability of the town of Burrillville to tax electrical power generation facilities, regulated or otherwise and for private consumption on resale.

·         2017-H 6051, sponsored by Representative Keable, increases board membership from 3 to 5 members and increases host communities’ participation in hearing decision making process as to proposed existing energy generating facilities.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903